President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration lifted a long-standing ban on imports of US pork and beef in August, a move seen as one of the first steps towards possibly negotiating a bilateral trade deal. with the United States.
The ban is expected to be lifted in January.
Strong opposition to the lifting of the ban
This decision met with fierce opposition, both from the KMT and from citizens.
The new policy allows imports of pork containing acceptable residues of ractopamine, a drug that some farmers add to animal feed to promote the growth of lean meat.
Thousands of people marched in Taipei on Sunday to protest against imports.
American pork is said to represent a small percentage of the island’s consumption, but the Nationalist Party has taken up the issue in an effort to mobilize support following successive failures of the ballot box.
“When you were in opposition, you were against American pork; Now that you’re in power, you’ve become a supporter of American pork, ”said KMT lawmaker Lin Wei-chou, who led the group of lawmakers protesting the policy. Friday.
They wore black T-shirts that read “oppose ractopamine-pork”.
DPP lawmakers called for peace.
“You blocked Premier Su from reposting in parliament 12 times,” said Hsu Sheng-chieh, MP for the DPP. “Please come to your senses. “